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I’ll be the first to admit, that I typically know next to nothing about my vehicle. I rely very heavily on Cory to answer any questions I may have regarding vehicle maintenance, oil changes, tires, and whatever other parts make up my vehicle. The thing us automotively-clueless ladies have to realize, though, is that there may come a time when our man is out of town or they might be busy at work and we’ll be forced to figure these things out and make these decisions on our own. Sure, we live in a world where AAA is only a phone call a way, but there’s some general knowledge you’ve just gotta know.
001. Know How to Jump Start Your Vehicle: Last spring– when it was still winter weather wise, I was on my way to an interview and my car wouldn’t start. True story. It was just plain dead. Thankfully we lived with Cory’s dad at the time and he left his vehicle in the driveway and I had jumper cables handy. I literally had to Google “How to Jump Start Your Car,” but ya’ll, I learned a very, very valuable lesson. And when it comes to jump starting a vehicle, you need to know what you’re doing or you risk messing up the battery or shocking yourself to kingdom come. Neither of which would be all that pleasant.
002. Get Your Oil Changed on a Regular Basis: Fun fact: Your oil should be changed every 3000-5000 miles depending on the oil that you use in your vehicle. And the oil you put in your vehicle does matter and effects the oil life on your vehicle. I personally prefer Pennzoil oil in my vehicle and when I get my oil changed at Walmart, I choose the High Mileage Vehicle oil change. My Ford Escape has just over 104,000 miles on it (tear!) and I put plenty of miles on it on a weekly basis. I love knowing that this oil is not only perfect for my vehicle with lots of miles, but it also cleans out the sludge that any other oils have left behind in previous oil changes. Pennzoil also offers a piece of mind with their free warranty that covers 15 engine parts that may fail due to engine wear or which experience abnormal wear due to friction.
003. Keep an Eye on Your Tire Tread: I learned a fun trick from my dad that’s always stuck with me. It’s important to keep an eye on your tire tread. I know no one likes to replace their tires, but no one likes to drive a car with treadless tires either. The tread on your tires it what helps them grip the road and that’s especially important during the winter months in snowy areas such as the good ol’ state of Wisconsin that I live in! An easy way of determining the tread of your tires is by using a penny and a quarter– and you’re likely to have them in your coin purse or in the cup holder of your car! Follow these instructions: Place the penny in the tread of your tires. If part of Lincoln’s head is covered, your tread is at least 2/32″. Place a quarter in the tread of your tires. If part Washington’s head is covered, your tread is at least 4/32″. Place a penny in the tread of your tires backwards and upside down. If the top of the Lincoln Memorial is covered, your tread is at least 6/32″. Legally speaking, the tread in your tires is worn out if it’s less than 2/32″. Get ’em changed if that’s the case! Safety first!
I’m notorious for putting off my oil changes until the last possible moment and until Cory’s nagged me about my oil change being passed-due at least 3 times. No joke. I’m horrible about it. However, now that I know I can get my oil changed at Walmart’s Tire and Lube center, I can see me being on time for my oil changed a little bit more. I’m all about maximizing my time and multi-tasking is my zen. Knowing that I can drop my car off for an oil change and get my grocery shopping done… I’m sold. Totally and completely.
For example, this time around we had been out of town all weekend and I hadn’t had a chance to run to the store and grab Alea’s snack that she had to bring in for preschool. Add Cory nagging me about still not getting an oil change on top of it and it was kind of a hectic mess! We were able to run into town on Monday, grab the mandarin oranges Alea wanted to bring in for snack, grab a new mop for our insanely messy floors at our rental from moving, and get my oil changed all at the same time. Cue the “Hallelujah chorus!” It was purely magical!
What tips do you have for car maintenance? I’m all ears!